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THE WELSH OUTLOOK Where there is no vision the people perish. CONTENTS: PAGE PAGE PAGE NOTES OF THE MONTH 31 INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES AND WALES AND THE RATING COMPULSORY ARBITRA- AND VALUATION ACT 1925 48 A CONSTRUCTIVE POLICY TION 41 Y LLYN 49 FOR WALES 34 WALES AND HER COLLEGES 44 SCHOOLMASTERS I HAVE KNOWN 50 SOUNDS AND SWEET AIRS 37 THE CHILD AND WORLD WELSH GIPSIES 52 THE BACKGROUND TO CONTACTS 45 IFAN 53 WELSH POLITICAL ECCLESIASTICAL RELATIONS REVIEWS 54 THOUGHT IN THE 19th BETWEEN IRELAND AND CORRESPONDENCE 56 CENTURY 39 WALES 46 POETRY 51, 56 g FEBRUARY, 1927 Annual Subscription. 7/6 Half Year. 3/9 (post free). NOTES OF THE MONTH A CURIOUS FEATURE of the age in which we live is the habit of national stocktaking, by means of books, co-operative pamphlets, and confer- ences. Nothing seems to afford our lead- ing men more keen delight than to assemble consultation-wise over a body politic deemed to be sick almost unto death. They meet, shake their heads sagely, and murmur such words as crisis," tenden- cies," decline," and disease." Thus we had Copec. In the same way we have had Dean Inge's England, and the Welsh and English pamphlets of Urdd y Deymas. Some scholars such as Spengler do not hesitate to subject Western Civilisation as a whole to such overhauling. Let no one think that we are blaming these things; on the contrary we believe that they may prove most beneficial if properly used. The New Year in Wales opened with one of these popular conferences, organ- ised by the Student Christian Movement, and Urdd y Deyrnas, and meeting at Aberystwyth. Both these are excellent organisations, needing no testimonial from us. The former is long established, and world-wide in its activities; and it has won the respect of most thinking people. Urdd y Deyrnas is as yet young. It has, however, already much good work to its credit. The name is, we believe, unfor- tunate, for it savours far too strongly of the self-righteousness of a peculiar people." It is not for us, here, to review the addresses delivered at this conference, for fairly full reports of them appeared in the daily papers at the time. The most important were those of Professor W. J. Gruffydd on The Patriot and the Build- ing of a Nation," Professor Gwynn Jones on The Culture and Tradition of Wales," and Mr. Hopkin Morris on The Nation in the Purpose of God." Mr. Morris spoke with his usual wisdom and know- ledge, and confirmed us in the view which we have more than once expressed in these pages that he is one of the most clear- sighted politicians in Wales to-day, one of the very few in whom the prophetic fire seems to glow. The academic mind addressing itself to political questions is usually a pathetic spectacle. Full of good intentions, overflowing with learning, our professors seem to lay on one side all sense of proportion, all sense of the practicable, when they approach the State and its problems. This must not be taken to apply to anything said at Aberystwyth by the gentlemen mentioned above; for indeed their addresses were altogether stimulating and thoughtful, avoiding the practical and devoting themselves alto- gether to theoretical concerns. We wish. however, to express our strong disappro-